The second wave: active resistance, 1799–1800

James G. Patterson

in In the Wake of the Great Rebellion

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print August 2008 | ISBN: 9780719076930
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700822 | DOI:
The second wave: active resistance, 1799–1800

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This chapter deals with the second wave of United Irish movement. The long winter nights of 1799–1800 witnessed the widespread return of flogging, arms raids and assassinations to rural east Ulster, proving the continued disaffection of a substantial element of the region's population. In mid-December, it was reported that in parts of Antrim ‘loyal persons’ were being assassinated ‘almost daily’. These assassinations were politically tainted revenge. These deaths were not isolated incidents. The government took a number of steps in response to the escalating crisis. Beyond general searches, the primary step taken by the regional military command was to station small detachments of regulars in the towns of central Antrim. By early January 1800 elements of the Tayshire had been placed at Kells, Randalstown, Ahoghill, and Broughshane. Despite these efforts, the security environment in Antrim remained volatile.

Keywords: second wave; active resistance; arms raids; assassinations; security environment; Antrim

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Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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